Daily Archives: November 21, 2020

2020-11-21: News Headlines

_____ (2020-11-21). Protest Marks One Month Anniversary Of Lekki Massacre In Nigeria. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – The End SAR Solidarity Network is mobilized DC area based activists to protest in front of the Embassy of Nigeria to demand justice for peaceful protestors in Nigeria who were massacred by the Nigerian army at Lekki toll gate on October 20, 2020 and demand an end to the continued repression of other activists. | On the 20th of October, 2020, the Nigerian army opened fire on peaceful protesters singing the Nigerian anthem and waving the Nigerian flag at Lekki tollgate, Alausa and other parts of Lagos.

_____ (2020-11-21). Shocking New Figures Show How Much US Is Fueling Violence In Yemen. popularresistance.org Despite presenting itself as a force for good and peace in the Middle East, the United States sells at least five times as much weaponry to Saudi Arabia than aid it donates to Yemen. The State Department constantly portrays itself as a humanitarian superpower with the welfare of the Yemeni people as its highest priority, yet figures released from the United Nations and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) show that since the war in Yemen began, the U.S. government has given $2.56 billion in aid to the country, but sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, the leader of th…

_____ (2020-11-21). Ten Foreign Policy Fiascos Biden Can Fix On Day One. popularresistance.org Donald Trump loves executive orders as a tool of dictatorial power, avoiding the need to work through Congress. But that works both ways, making it relatively easy for President Biden to reverse many of Trump's most disastrous decisions. Here are ten things Biden can do as soon as he takes office. Each one can set the stage for broader progressive foreign policy initiatives, which we have also outlined. | 1)End the U.S. role in the Saudi-led war on Yemen and restore U.S. humanitarian aid to Yemen.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-21). West held humanitarian topics of Syria hostage: Khaji. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 21 (MNA) — The senior assistant to the Iranian foreign minister in special political affairs said that Western countries have held the humanitarian topics of Syria hostage to their political objectives.

Binoy Kampmark (2020-11-21). The Yemen Civil War Arms Bonanza. dissidentvoice.org "Making billions from arms exports which fuel the conflict while providing a small fraction of that in aid to Yemen is both immoral and incoherent." So thundered Oxfam's Yemen Country Director, Muhsin Siddiquey after consulting figures from the Stockholm Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) showing that members of the G20 have exported over $17 billion worth …

repost (2020-11-21). A. Ocasio-Cortez Addresses Failure of U.S. Gov't to Address Poverty. indybay.org As New York Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated to an empty congressional room, on YouTube, the Senate broke for a holiday week while the workingclass of the USA starves. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNBeI-G3eQQ&#038… and www.commondreams.org/news/2020/11/20/bre…

Subodh Varma (2020-11-21). India gears up for historic workers' & farmers' joint protest on Nov 26-27. peoplesdispatch.org These are the latest in a wave of protests against the refusal to increase wages, increasing contractualization of workforce, dilution and dismantling of protective labor laws, price rise and unemployment, and other such policies of the Modi govt.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2020-11-21). John F. Kennedy Turned to Peace and Was Assassinated. Rejected US Military's "Operation Northwoods" False Flag. globalresearch.ca First published on July 21, 2016. In commemoration of the November 22, 1963 Assassination of JFK | Researchers who have investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy for 30 or more years have concluded that he was murdered by a …

news.un (2020-11-21). 'We see the sparks before they turn into fires': training women to avoid conflict in Sierra Leone. news.un.org In the West African country of Sierra Leone, the UN is supporting a government programme, training women and men to take on leadership roles in areas such as peacebuilding, with the aim of promoting peace and non-violence.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Feminist groups rally in support of the new abortion bill in Argentina. peoplesdispatch.org On November 18, thousands of women, feminist activists and LGBTQ community members mobilized across Argentina after President Alberto Fernandez sent a draft law on November 17 to Congress that aims at legalizing abortion…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-20). 'Looks Like the Crazy Lady Has Logged On': Rep. Ilhan Omar Welcomes QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene to Congress. commondreams.org The incoming congresswoman attacked Omar for sparring with GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who faces a runoff election in Georgia this January. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-11-20). Jewish-Led Groups Condemn Pompeo For Declaring Boycott-Divestment Movement Anti-Semitic. popularresistance.org Jewish peace activists led a wave of stinging rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday after he declared the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights "anti-Semitic" while visiting an illegal Israeli settler colony built on stolen West Bank land. | Pompeo became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the unlawfully occupied West Bank of Palestine as he lunched at a winery in Psagot, located on a hill formerly known as Jabel Tawil until Israeli forces conquered it in 1967.

_____ (2020-11-20). The AMA Officially Recognized Racism As A Public-Health Threat. popularresistance.org The American Medical Association has officially defined racism as a public health threat that has created substantial health inequality. | Racism, both systemic and structural, has historically perpetuated health inequality and cut short the lives of many Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the US and around the world. | Over the last year, a number of county and state authorities have also labelled racism a public health threat. | Among them are county councils in San Bernardino, California, and Montgomery, Maryland, as well as authorities in Michigan, Nevada, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.

Staff (2020-11-20). K-9 attacks: The new (old) face of police brutality. therealnews.com Indiana mother Jennifer Fleming speaks out about the brutal and excessive police dog attack on her 19-year-old daughter, and calls for police to rethink how these animals and their handlers are trained.

Derek Ford (2020-11-20). Indianapolis movement defeats ruling-class attack on the poor. liberationnews.org Yet the struggle is far from over.

Mark Gruenberg (2020-11-20). 22 million jobless, Senate Republicans go home for Thanksgiving without passing aid. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

WSWS (2020-11-20). Toyota workers in India continue strike, defy state back-to-work order. wsws.org Behind the state government's strikebreaking order is the broader aim of the ruling class to make India a cheap-labor alternative to China.

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 12/3: What's Next for Civil Rights: Democracy in the 117th Congress Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

WSWS (2020-11-20). Pompeo escalates Iran war threats in trip to Israel. wsws.org The US Secretary of State arrived in the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iranian forces in Syria, and announced yet another round of sanctions against Tehran.

WSWS (2020-11-20). India's unprecedented economic contraction deepens mass social misery. wsws.org So meager are the earnings of India's workers and toilers, three-quarters of the population in rural areas would not be able to afford the cheapest possible nutritious diet even if they spent all of their earnings on food.

C-Span (2020-11-20). Video: Senate Hearing on COVID-19 Outpatient Treatment. globalresearch.ca The media has consistently suppressed the three top experts in early outpatient treatment of Covid. (They each have hundreds of peer-reviewed medical publications in top journals, over time.) | Testimony includes the fact that Asia and Africa are on top of …

Pip Hinman (2020-11-20). State Bank of India must not fund Adani. greenleft.org.au Jim McIlroy and Coral Wynter report on Stop Adani's protest outside the State Bank of India, which is considering giving the mining conglomerate $1 billion.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2020-11-20). 'In Breaking the Senate, We Are Abandoning Our People': Watch AOC Excoriate McConnell on House Floor. commondreams.org "He broke the Senate as there are thousands of people in Texas lined up for food lines. He broke the Senate while hospitals no longer have beds to house the sick." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Great Game India (2020-11-20). Portuguese Court Rules PCR Tests as Unreliable & Unlawful to Quarantine People. globalresearch.ca The court stated, the test's reliability depends on the number of cycles used and the viral load present. Citing "if someone is tested by PCR as positive when a threshold of …

Nicky Reid (2020-11-20). Why Artsakh Still Matters to American Anarchism. counterpunch.org The news broke like a fever last Monday night. A deal had been signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the bloody month long war in Nagorno-Karabakh which had claimed the lives of thousands on both sides. This is a good thing right? How could any peace be bad? But something felt all wrong about

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2020-11-20). 'Utterly Inexcusable': Sen. Perdue of Georgia Profited From Defense Contractor's Stock While Overseeing Naval Spending. commondreams.org "He is blatantly exploiting his office to line his own pockets," said Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jon Ossoff. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). With the Election Over, Congress Needs to Focus on Burning Issues. zcomm.org It's bad enough that our federal government has refused to take responsibility for a national response to the pandemic here in the United States. Even worse, it's refused to even acknowledge the necessity of international coordination…

Phyllis Bennis (2020-11-19). It's Time for Congress to Remember the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The 2020 election will have enormous consequences for the pandemic, the planet, the economy, our democracy and people's lives. And that will be true even before the next Congress and administration take office. After the vote, the current Congress will have another six weeks or so in office. For some members, it will be a

Andrea Germanos (2020-11-19). Greenpeace releases far-reaching 'just recovery agenda' to tackle interlocking crises of inequality, racial injustice, Covid-19, and climate chaos. nationofchange.org We must "shift from an economy that is extractive and exploitative to one that regenerates and repairs," the new report says.

Staff (2020-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2020. democracynow.org U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 250,000; Nearly 1% of U.S. Population Currently Infectious, Pfizer to Seek Emergency Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine, Touting 95% Efficacy, Lawsuit Alleges Tyson Foods Managers Wagered on Meatpackers' Coronavirus Infection Rate, COVID-19 Surge Overwhelms Hospitals as Healthcare Workers Fall Ill, Biden Says Trump's Refusal to Concede Could Set Back Vaccine Rollout by Months, Arizona Secretary of State Faces Death Threats as Trump Promotes Election Conspiracy Theories, Democratic Congressmembers Reelect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, Australian Military Apologizes to Afghan…

WSWS (2020-11-19). Saeb Erekat: Palestinian peace negotiator who epitomised the degeneration of the PLO (1955-2020). wsws.org While all obituaries testify to Erekat's tenacity, none could explain why he and the Palestine Liberation Organisation were in the end wholly unsuccessful.

Miko Peled (2020-11-19). The Last Negotiator: The Death of Saeb Erekat Could Mark the End of Palestinian Reconciliation. mintpressnews.com Saeb Erekat was one of the last of a generation of Palestinian negotiators inspired by the conciliatory style of Yasser Arafat. His death may be the end of an era of hope that a peaceful solution with Israel is possible.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-19). 'We Simply Cannot Afford Half-Measures': Outside DNC, Progressives Demand Biden Go Big for Green New Deal. commondreams.org Progressives elected to Congress joined grassroots climate action leaders from across the country on Thursday, demanding that President-elect Joe Biden "be brave" and work to pass a bold agenda aimed at combating the climate crisis. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Bill to tax large fortunes in Argentina advances to the Senate. peoplesdispatch.org The Argentine Chamber of Deputies passed the bill which seeks to collect 307 billion pesos to finance public health and productive projects by taxing large fortunes…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2020-11-19). United States Imperialism Threatening War Against Iran During Contested Presidential Elections Struggle. globalresearch.ca There have been serious threats to the Islamic Republic of Iran and its allies in the aftermath of the contested presidential and congressional elections in the United States. | Inside the U.S., the incumbent administration of President Donald J. Trump has …

news.un (2020-11-19). Libyans charting way to secure and prosperous future, but challenges lie ahead. news.un.org Following years of political instability and conflict, Libya is making substantial progress on the path to peace, the top UN official in the country told the Security Council on Thursday.

Marlee Kokotovic (2020-11-19). Senate proposes almost $700 billion for the Pentagon while millions of Americans remain unemployed amid the pandemic. nationofchange.org With the current unemployment rate reaching roughly 6.8 million and nearly 8 million Americans facing eviction, the government should be focusing on its citizens and not a defense budget.

Matthew Cunningham-Cook (2020-11-19). Georgia's Senate Runoff Will Determine Whether the Minimum Wage Increases. zcomm.org "Dollar stores feed more Americans than Whole Foods Market, and what we've learned is that they're not just a symptom of poverty, they are a cause of it."

Elise Swain (2020-11-19). Anti-Nuclear Pacifists Get Federal Prison Terms for Nonviolent Protest. zcomm.org The most dedicated peace activists you've never heard of are headed to federal prison amid a deadly pandemic…

Polina Aniftou (2020-11-19). "The End of the War in Syria Will Come as Part of the Agreement Between Iran and China," Says Iranian Foreign Policy Analyst. globalresearch.ca As the US changes leadership, new opportunities for re-alignment may open up for the Middle East and the wider region. To understand more fully the implications presented in conflicts ranging from the US-Iran tension, the Syrian war, and the role …

Fight Back (2020-11-19). Israeli missile attack kills 3 Syrian soldiers. fightbacknews.org The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reports Israel launched an attack on Syria, November 18. Citing a military source, SANA states "at about 03: 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the Israeli enemy launched an aerial aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan that targeted the southern region as the Syrian air defenses confronted it and downed a number of rockets." | The SANA report added "three soldiers were martyred in the aggression, and a soldier was injured, in addition to causing material damages." | With U.S. backing, Israel regularly launches air assaults on Syria and is illegally occupying the Golan Hei…

Brett Redmayne-Titley (2020-11-19). The "Dominion" of Election Fraud? globalresearch.ca "The maintenance of Americans' constitutional rights should not depend on the good graces and sketchy ethics of a handful of well-connected corporations… who have stonewalled Congress, lied to Congress, and have questionable judgment when it comes to security…" -Sen. Ron …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-19). Peaceful movement will prevail, says BDS in response to Pompeo calling it anti-Semitic. peoplesdispatch.org In a press conference with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said the government would label the BDS movement as anti-Semitic and withdraw funds to organizations which are part of it…

WSWS (2020-11-19). Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December. wsws.org Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

Robert C. Koehler (2020-11-19). Beyond Simplistic 'Peace'. commondreams.org My God, if complexity were brought into the news—e.g., bombs kill, people suffer, no one ever wins, wars never end—the trillion-dollar annual military budget would be in danger. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Scott Ritter (2020-11-18). By failing to withdraw ALL forces from Afghanistan, Trump has killed the Afghan peace plan. thealtworld.com The US-Taliban peace plan has always been just a political cover for Trump to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. By failing to do so before he leaves office, he's guaranteed that the US will remain in Afghanistan for years to come. | In a

South Front (2020-11-18). Video: Silent Retreat of Neo-Ottoman Forces from Syria. globalresearch.ca In October and the first half of November, the war in Syria remained in a relatively calm phase, which was not marked by any active military actions of the sides involved in the conflict. Nonetheless, this period demonstrated several trends …

Jesse Jackson (2020-11-18). Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice. commondreams.org The races will be determined by whether Georgia's voters choose to embrace and build a New South coalition or revert to the Old South. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Nader (2020-11-18). Abdicating to Boeing: An Open Letter to FAA Administrator Stephen Dickson. counterpunch.org November 13, 2020 Stephen Dickson, Administrator Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) U.S. Department of Transportation 800 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20591 Dear Mr. Dickson, It is now abundantly clear that instead of clearing out top Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) operatives who have worked to make the FAA safe for Boeing, you have thrown in your

Staff (2020-11-18). As North Dakota Faces World's Deadliest Outbreak, Native Communities Condemn States' COVID Response. democracynow.org As COVID-19 rampages through the U.S., we look at how the rapid spread of the disease is affecting Native American communities, which have already faced disproportionate infection and death rates throughout the pandemic. "We're having a lot of people perish. We're having a lot of death, a lot of hospitalizations," says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and former special assistant to President Obama for Native American affairs. We also speak with Allie Young, founder of Protect the Sacred, who says the Navajo Nation has "worked hard to flatten the curve" of COVID-19 infections but is st…